The suspect in a fatal synagogue shooting at the Chabad of Poway reportedly posted to a far-right website prior to the attack, NBC News reported Saturday.
“An anti-Semitic open letter posted under the name of a man suspected of opening fire at a synagogue near San Diego Saturday was left on a far-right message board hours before the attack,” NBC reported. “A user self-identifying himself as John Earnest posted a white nationalist open letter to the far-right message board 8chan. He also used the username ‘JohnTEarnest’ to post the letter on a document hosting site.”
One person was killed and three wounded in the attacked, which reportedly involved an AR-style rifle.
“The 8chan post appears near identical to the one Brenton Tarrant left hours before opening fire at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. It even links to the same document dumping sites PasteBin and MediaFire to host the open letter,” NBC noted. “The letter claims the shooter began planning his attack shortly after Tarrant’s attack.”
“The shooter claims in the Q-and-A section to eschew political ideology, saying he does not support Donald Trump because of his support for Israel. The writer also complains that conservatives aren’t violent enough in support of their politics,” NBC added.